Reduction and Prevention of Children"s Exposure to Violence

To develop an initiative to understand, prevent and reduce the impact of family and community violence on young children by helping communities to expand existing partnerships between service providers (such as law enforcement, mental health, health, early childhood education and others) to create a
comprehensive service delivery system.

To study the efficacy of these service delivery systems, replicate the most effect systems, and study the scope of the problem of children"s exposure to violence in the United States.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Applicant selected to receive Safe Start cooperative agreements may use funds to establish and enhance a broad range of local prevention, intervention and treatment services for young children who have been exposed and are at risk of being exposed to violence; develop effective multi-agency protocols; coordinate services to develop a community-wide system for responding to the needs of children exposed or at risk of exposure to violence; study the efficacy of these systems; and study the scope of the problem of children"s exposure to violence in the U.S.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Sponsored organization: Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Other public institution/organization: Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Specialized group (e.g.

health professionals, students, veterans): Law, Justice, and Legal Services

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Sponsored organization; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans)


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, and Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OJJDP will determine whether applications for funding be submitted through the Internet using the Office of Justice Programs online Grants Management System (GMS) or through Applicants are expected to address each concern or requirement in the solicitation as clearly and specifically as possible, giving particular attention to goal and objective statements, methodology and data requirements. A peer review group is established as mandated in Section 262(d)(1)(A) of JJDP Act and applications are rated and ranked in relation to pre-defined selection criteria. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 and the Common Rule.

Award Procedures

Cooperative agreements are awarded directly to selected applicants, who are notified of a pending award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Law 105-277.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 6 months.


Not Applicable.


Continuation grant and/or supplemental award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

This program has no matching requirements.

This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards may be for projects from 12 to 48 months. Specific direction about the length of the projects to be funded is given in the solicitation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Biannual progress reports, performance measure data submission and quarterly financial reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Biannual progress reports.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance measure data submission and quarterly financial reports are required.


This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee"s fiscal year. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years after the date of the final report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $199,471; FY 09 est $0; FY 10 est $10,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Safe Start solicitation/guideline is published in the Federal Register and awards are governed by the OJP Financial Guide, which is available upon request. Reports and studies developed through the OJJDP National Institute are available and can be secured by contacting OJJDP in Washington, DC.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Elizabeth Griffith Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Specific criteria are published in the Federal Register as part of the individual program announcement. Applications undergo a competitive peer review process as outlined in the OJJDP Competition and Peer Review Policy, 28 CFR Part 34.

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